Hand-embroidered Chinese shawl, 1920s
The dramatic shawl is a comfortable weight. Wear it as an eye-catching accessory or use it for your home decor. The shawl is fashioned from black silk crepe with ivory padded satin stitch embroidery. The graphic floral design has a compelling verisimilitude that nature herself would envy.
Around each plump rose trail the delicate and caressing tendrils whose subtle sinuosities intimate an enigmatic and pleasing truth that we sense but cannot understand.
Fine hand embroidery reached the level of art form in China before Marco Polo arrived in the 13th century. Chinese export goods were still popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As interest faded after the 1920s, the quality of hand work waned. Modern copies produced in China today are generally of inferior quality.
The condition is almost excellent. The shawl is in excellent condition other than the discoloration in the fringe. The discoloration is reflected in the price.
It measures 100" by 100", including the fringed border.